Upcoming events in the St. Louis Jewish community

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Will Bonfiglio stars in "Fully Committed" at the New Jewish Theatre, which runs Dec. 5-22. Photo: Greg Lazerwitz/The J

Note: Addresses of locations in the calendar are compiled at the bottom of the page. 


New Jewish Theatre performs ‘Fully Committed’: The New Jewish Theatre will continue its 2019-2020 season with “‘Fully Committed,” which runs Dec. 5-22.  This comedy follows a day in the life of an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s No. 1 restaurant. He battles a host of desperate callers who will stop at nothing to land a prime reservation or the right table and jjuggles scheming socialites, name-dropping wannabes and fickle celebrities, while trying to look out for himself. The plahas 40 wildly-diverse characters played by one actor, NJT favorite Will Bonfiglio. Q&A’s scheduled after Dec. 12 and 15 performances. For more information, visit newjewishtheatre.org

 Friday | Dec. 13 

Film at Mirowitz Center: The Mirowitz Center will screen “The Art of Racing in the Rain” from 1 to 3 p.m. Through his bond with his owner, aspiring Formula One race car driver Denny, golden retriever Enzo learns that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film stars Milo Ventimiglia, Kevin Costner and Amanda Seyfried.  Free; movie refreshments are $1.

 Monday | Dec. 16 

Crown Center Yiddish Group: Crown Center’s Yiddish Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. The group is for anyone with an affinity for the mama loshen.   All levels welcome, whether you speak, understand or just want to learn. Join Rabbi Neal Rose, neighbors and community members - all are encouraged and welcome to participate. Call 314-991-2055 for more information.

Tuesday | Dec. 17

Open house for Aish Poland trip: Travel with a survivor and be part of the last generation to hear live testimony. Experience the unique flavor of an Aish trip. This is a highly-subsidized trip aimed at young professionals, but all ages are welcome. It will make the lessons of the Holocaust relevant to our lives now and for inspiring a better Jewish future. Meets from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Aish Firehouse in Chesterfield. For more information, contact Rabbi Yosef David at 314-862-2474 or ydavid@aish.com

Saturday | Dec. 14 

Young Israel welcomes new families with Shabbat lunch: Join Young Israel for davening at 9 a.m., followed by a festive Shabbat lunch to welcome new families to Young Israel and the St. Louis Jewish community. The cost is $18 for an adult (ages 12 and up) and $10 per child. (No charge for children ages 2 and under.) There is a $70 maximum per family. New families, couples and individuals are invited as the shul’s guests. RSVP by Dec. 8 to Judy at 314-727-1880 or info@youngisrael-stl.org. Volunteers are welcome to contact Judy at the number or email above. 

Lunch and learn at Kol Rinah: Kol Rinah’s Verein Education Committee presents a lunch and learn starting at 12:30 p.m., featuring a discussion with Dr. Ralph Graff and Richard Gavatin about the “eternal” problem of free will. Is there free will? What are the religious approaches to free will? What does modern neuroscience say? Some surprising findings will be discussed. For more information, email richardjrgavatin@gmail.com

9th Annual Hanukkah Hullabaloo: On Saturday, Dec. 14, Brothers Lazaroff return to the Grandel Theatre for the second year in a row to host their 9th Annual Brothers Lazaroff Hanukkah Hullabaloo. Rabbi James Stone Goodman and the Eight Nights Orchestra will be performing the annual recitation of “Eight Nights,” their original spoken word, electro-klezmer composition, interwoven with tributes to some of the musicians lost in 2019. St. Louis great Anita Jackson will return for her second Hullabaloo, along with Grammy-nominated singer Elizabeth McQueen (of Austin, Texas), formerly of Asleep at the Wheel, to help with the vocal duties. Members of the Funky Butt Brass Band and DJ Boogieman will also take part. 

The event will raise money for Metro Theater Company’s youth violence prevention program “Say Something, Do Something.” Latkes will be fried live on stage and available for donations. The event starts at 7 p.m. The Grandel Theatre is located at 3610 Grandel Square. Tickets, from $25-$50, are available at http://bit.ly/hanukkah-hullabaloo2019.

 Sunday | Dec. 15 

Jewish war veterans meeting: Jewish War Veterans Post 644 will meet at 10 a.m. at the Jewish Federation Kaplan Feldman Complex. Bagels and coffee will be served. Members are encouraged to bring a Jewish relative or friend who has served on active duty or in the reserves. For more information, contact Post 644 Commander Edwin R. Cohen at 636-536-3818 or Vice Commander Ellis Frohman at 636-519-7512.

NHBZ’s 114th anniversary banquet: Nusach Hari B’nai Zion Congregation’s is holding its 114th Anniversary Banquet at the Clayton Plaza Hotel.  The congregation will honor Bob and Joni Kaiser, Teree Farbstein and Rick and Marcy Cornfeld.  An hors d’oeuvres reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and program at 6:30 p.m.  The cost is $125 per person, with various sponsorship opportunities available. For information, call the NHBZ office at 314-991-2100, ext. 2, or email reservations@nhbz.org.

 Monday | Dec. 16

AIPAC winter community event: United Hebrew Congregation will host the AIPAC Winter Community Event at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16. The event will feature American-born Israeli Rabbi Daniel Gordis, Senior Vice President and Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College, Israel’s first liberal arts college. There is no charge to attend. For more information or to RSVP, contact Adrienne Kaplan at 312-253-8988 or akaplan@aipac.org

NORC film series: Ken Burns’ ‘Lewis & Clark’ - Part II: Ken Burns presents “Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery.” Find out about the United States first exploration of the West and one of the nation’s most enduring adventures led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. This St. Louis NORC event takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. at The Gathering Place at the J’s Arts & Education Building. Part Two of Four parts. RSVP to Laura at 314-442-3255. 

Lunch & learn: Fearless women of the Bible: Fearlessness is a strong woman facing difficult situations; confidence and strong conviction make a difference. Some biblical women appear only briefly, a name, a simple verse, or a reference to a nameless woman. Yet, the lessons are very powerful, providing thought provoking lessons with relevance for today. Order lunch at HJ’s Cafe and learn with the Center for Jewish Learning’s Cyndee Levy. $10 per class or $30 for the series. Register through Jewish Federation: https://www.jfedstl.org/community-engagement/center-jewish-learning/our-programs/adult-education-classes/classes/ or call 314-432-0020. Meets from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Mirowitz Center at Covenant Place. Remaining session dates are Dec. 16 and Jan. 13.   

iPhone training on mail, contacts and calendars: This St. Louis NORC event takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Gathering Place at the J’s Arts & Education Building. The iPhone training covers the specifics of mail, contacts and calendars. Must own an Apple iPhone for the class. RSVP to Laura at 314-442-3255.

“Mamas in Pajamas” live conference call: Too tired to go out but feel like you need more spirituality in your life? At 8:30  p.m., learn something meaningful and inspiring from the comfort of your own home with Mimi David. Dial 605-472-5814, then enter access code 126-753-373.

 Tuesday | Dec. 17 

What’s Up with the Region?: The St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) facilitates a monthly lunch and learn at the Mirowitz Center at Covenant Place from 12 to 1 p.m. Purchase lunch from HJ’s Cafe prior to the start of the class. Hear from local experts about regional subjects, from local politics to current ballot issues, criminal justice reform, and the potential city/county merger. Plenty of time for questions and answers. The series features a different topic and speaker each month and will run until May 2020. No cost.  

Wednesday | Dec. 18 

Jewish Mindfulness Center plans Hanukkah resiliency workshop: Combining practical strategies and inspirational stories, along with Jewish teachings from the holiday of Hanukkah, this workshop from 7:30 to 9  p.m. with author Beth Koritz and Rabbi Andrea Goldstein explores our capacity to connect with our authentic selves and ignite our resilient souls.  Participants will leave feeling strengthened and renewed. Koritz’s book, “Resilience Road – Exploring Your Authentic Life Path,” will be available for purchase at the event. The Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis is located at Congregation Shaare Emeth. RSVP by Dec. 13 at http://mindfulness.sestl.org/programs/to-shine-a-light-in-darkness-a-resiliency-workshop/.

Schnucks Ladue Crossing Hanukkah celebration: Hanukkah storytelling, STEAM activities for children and a singing presentation will be featured at the 26th annual Hanukkah Celebration to be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Schnucks Ladue Crossing shopping center, I-170 at Ladue Road. The event will take place at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers. 

The Hanukkah celebration will be emceed by Rabbi Moshe Shulman, head of school at the H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy. It will feature Hanukkah storytelling with master educator Jackie Oppenheimer and Hanukkah songs. The event will also offer STEAM activities for children. 

All children will receive a free gift of traditional Hanukkah chocolate “gelt” (gold coins). Hanukkah begins the evening of Dec. 22 and is an eight-day celebration of the Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple. 

The Hanukkah celebration is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the merchants at Schnucks Ladue Crossing. For more information about the Hanukkah Celebration call Solomon/Turner at 314-205-0800..  

Creative expressions art group: Led by artist Joanne Szapszewicz, express thoughts and emotions through creativity at this monthly art group from 10:30 to noon at the Gathering Place at the J’s Arts & Education Building. The  St. Louis NORC class costs $3 and meets the third Wednesday every month until May 20. Artist journal required for class. Space is limited. RSVP to Laura at 314-442-3255. 

Community Choir holiday concert: Get ready for a holiday program you won’t want to miss! Mark your calendar for this concert from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Mirowitz Center at Covenant. No cost.   

Coffee Schmooze at HJ’s Café: Join Mimi David for some inspiration and schmoozing and coffee of course at 9:15 a.m. at HJ’s Café at Covenant Place.  

Sharsheret’s breast and ovarian cancer support group: The Sharsheret Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group offers support to women in the St. Louis Jewish community who have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer and are anywhere along their treatment path — before, during, or post treatment. These casual get-togethers are designed to encourage connections with peers, health professionals and related resources.  Led by a licensed social worker, the group meets 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur. The group is sponsored by Sharsheret Supports, a project of Nishmah, and newcomers are always welcome. A light kosher dinner will be served. The program is free but pre-registration is required to Debbi Braunstein: 314-442-3266 or dbraunstein@jccstl.org

Dinner at Houlihan’s: From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., enjoy dinner out with St. Louis NORC friends and neighbors. Cost of meal on own. RSVP to Joan at 314-442-3834. 

 Thursday | Dec. 19 

Event with authors of ‘The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia’: From the hosts of Tablet’s wildly popular unorthodox podcast, “The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia” is an edifying, entertaining, and thoroughly modern introduction to Judaism. The authors, Liel Leibovitz and Stephanie Butnick, will lead the talk at 7 p.m. at Jewish Federation’s Kaplan Feldman Complex. The cost is $20 (or included with the Jewish Book Festival’s Premier Pass). The book is an alphabetical encyclopedia of short entries , weaving together the essential and the esoteric, the snarky, and the earnest, the Jewish and the Jew-ish. The book honors its title, offering a truly unorthodox approach to Judaism, and allowing each reader to find his or her point of connection with the culture, the tradition, and the religion. For more information, visit stljewishbookfestival.org

Bus trip to Missouri History Museum: Take a St. Louis NORC bus trip to the Missouri History Museum for the Pulitzer Prize and St. Louis Post Dispatch Photographs Exhibit. Takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $10. Advance reservations required. RSVP to Laura at 314-442-3255. 

Crown Center Hanukkah klezmer concert: The clarinet swings, voices rise and everyone claps along! Don’t miss this special Klezmer concert at 3 p.m. to celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah. Enjoy a delicious nosh while enjoying the music of Di Kamer Kapely. RSVP to 314-991-2055. Made possible by the Novack Family Music Fund.  

Crown Center Hanukkah dinner: The dinner starts at 5 p.m., and the cost is $3. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. RSVP to 314-991-2055, ext. 124. Made possible by the Gladys K. Crown Foundation.


Mirowitz Center ongoing classes: At http://bit.ly/Mirowitz-Center-form, view and sign up for classes and events coming soon. Movies do not require registration. For more information call 314-432-1610. All programs take place in the Mirowitz Center in the Covenant Place II Cahn Family Building.

  • Maxine Mirowitz leads Chair Yoga at 11 a.m. Fridays and Chair Power Yoga at 3:15 p.m. on Thursdays. 
  • RPI physical therapists lead Tai Chi at 11:15 a.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Thursdays.
  • Community Singers, led by Robert Denison, Wednesdays 1 to 2 p.m. 
  • Charlie Foxman leads Balance & Bands, a class focusing on movement and balance for all levels at 11 a.m. Wednesdays.
  • Knit-Wits group, led by Jerri Livingston, meets Tuesdays 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. 
  • Balance Barre by Vitality Senior Ballet on Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
  • Get Your Game On, Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tables are available for groups on first-come, first-served basis. 
  • The Rabbi Is In meets the second Wednesday of every month, led by JF&CS Community Chaplain Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael. 
  • Movies at Mirowitz — 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Free.

St. Louis NORC classes: On Tuesdays, St. Louis NORC offers a chair yoga class from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The class, led by J instructor Nancy LeClaire, focuses on flexibility, balance, stress relief and camaraderie. Call Laura for details, location and cost: 314-442-3255. The NORC will also offer a current events discussion group on Tuesdays  from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., in The Gathering Place at the J. In addition, every Tuesday from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., the NORC Knit Group is collaborating with Covenant Place to meet for a weekly knit group.  Enjoy socializing, knitting, crocheting, crafting and receiving instruction from volunteer knit expert, Jerri Livingston on Tuesdays at 1:15 pm in the Covenant II building. Every fourth Monday, enjoy Wii Brain Games with NORC neighbors from 1 to 2 p.m. at The Gathering Place.

Mindfulness meditation sits: Almost every Wednesday evening throughout the year, the Jewish Mindfulness Center of St. Louis offers a meditation sit from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Sessions are appropriate for beginning and advanced practitioners. Each sit begins with a short teaching focusing on the week’s Torah portion, an upcoming holiday or a particular middah (Jewish value or ethical personality trait). All are welcome to these free community sessions. No RSVP necessary. The Jewish Mindfulness Center is located at Congregation Shaare Emeth. 

B’nai Amoona ongoing adult education offerings 

  • Torah for today: On Shabbat at at 10:15 a.m., B’nai Amoona rabbis lead discussion on the weekly Torah reading of our most sacred and ancient text. We seek to apply the relevant lessons of Torah to our lives today.
  • Torah at twilight: Time changes monthly based on sunset. Shabbat afternoon study, between Minchah and Ma’ariv. Time changes monthly based on sunset; check the B’nai Amoon calendar for times.
  • A thinking person’s Judaism: This weekly text study and interactive discussion with Rabbi Neal Rose on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. focuses on timely, contemporary issues facing Jews and Judaism in the Post-Modern Era. RSVP at http://bit.ly/BA-class1.
  • Introduction to Judaism: This interactive course with Rabbi Neal Rose on Sundays from 2 to 3:30 p.m., explores Jewish history, practice, texts, and culture. It is designed for anyone who seeks to live a richer Jewish life, including those contemplating conversion to Judaism. Free. RSVP at http://bit.ly/BA-class2.
  • Comparative Religions: An Exploration of Faiths: On Wednesdays 10 to 11:30 a.m., join Rabbi Neal Rose to explore, in conversation and discussion, different faiths, beliefs and traditions. The class will include guest teachers, speakers, spiritual leaders and special guests. $50 for the year. RSVP at http://bit.ly/BA-class3.
  • Yiddish for beginners: On Thursdays from 10-11 a.m., students will learn basic Yiddish vocabulary words for basic conversation. The class led by Rabbi Neal Rose costs $18 for the year. RSVP at http://bit.ly/BA-class4.
  • • Midtown Midrash: Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose, the class focuses on revitalizing our personal prayer life through exploration of our liturgy. The class from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays is located on the fifth floor of the Enterprise Bank & Trust; feel free to use the parking garage beneath the building to park. Snacks will be available. RSVP at http://bit.ly/BA-class5.
  • B’nai Amoona Hebrew classes: Several Hebrew language courses, from beginner to advanced, are offered Sunday mornings and afternoons, Monday afternoons and evenings and evenings on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. See the full list at: stljewishlight.com/bnai-amoona-classes.

Saturday morning Bible study at TI: Saturday Morning Bible Study with Rabbi Emeritus Mark L. Shook begins at 9:15 with a continental breakfast, followed by bible study from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday mornings at Temple Israel, running through April 25, 2020. This week’s topic focuses on the study of the 12 prophetic books known as the Minor Prophets, beginning with Hosea and concluding with Malachi. No previous bible study experience is necessary.  Participants are asked to bring their own Bibles. For questions or more information, contact Shook at mshook@ti-stl.org or 314-432-8050. 

Local Jewish organizations and congregations can submit calendar items and news releases to news@thejewishlight.com.


Jewish institutions: Aish Firehouse: 457 N. Woods Mill Road • Bais Abraham Congregation: 6910 Delmar Blvd.• Congregation B’nai Amoona: 324 S. Mason Road • Congregation Shaare Emeth: 11645 Ladue Road • Congregation Temple Israel: 1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive • Covenant Place II Cahn Family Building: 8 Millstone Campus Drive • Crown Center: 8350 Delcrest Drive • Kaplan Feldman Complex: 12 Millstone Campus Drive • Kol Rinah:  829 N. Hanley Road • MaTovu: 4200 Blaine Ave. • Neve Shalom: 6 Millstone Campus Drive, Suite 3050 • Nusach Hari B’nai Zion: 650 N. Price Road  • Temple Emanuel: 12166 Conway Rd. in Creve Coeur • Traditional Congregation: 12437 Ladue Road • United Hebrew Congregation: 13788 Conway Road • Young Israel of St. Louis: 8101 Delmar Blvd. 


Clayton Plaza Hotel: 7750 Carondelet Ave. • Houlihan’s: 1085 N. Mason Road • Plowsharing Crafts: 6271 Delmar Blvd.